Teachers at Stevens Elementary School were excited about HISD’s new dashboard when Teacher Development Specialist Alicia Lewis showed them how to log in for the first time at the Rigor Institute. “This is going to save you all so much time that you will just love it,” Lewis said. A few voices around the room spoke out in agreement. Principals were trained in June and most have been using it ever since.
“Climbing the Mountain, Enjoying the Journey” is the name of the 2013 Rigor Institute now taking place at schools across the Houston Independent School District. Thanks to Gwendolyn Tompkins, Dianne Alvarez, and Denise Martinez, all senior managers in Professional Support and Development at HISD, teacher trainers now have a day-by-day training playbook of the same name.
“Last week we trained teacher trainers from 200 secondary and 400 elementary schools,” said Tompkins. “We wrote for three months, trained for three weeks, and now we’re passing the torch into the capable hands of teachers. We were inspired by Dr. Grier’s vision of rigor, consistency, and safety in every classroom.”